Starting a Business

A Consumer Guide to Buying a Franchise
A Consumer Guide to Buying a Franchise -The Federal Trade Commission offers this comprehensive, step-by-step guide for anyone interested in purchasing a franchise. The guide will walk you through the process from beginning to end, as well as offer some valuable information resources.

Maine Business Answers - Business Licensing Assistant
 Maine Business Answers' Business Licensing Assistant allows you to run an assessment of your business to find out what Maine licenses and permits you may need to start your business.

Maine SBDC- Business Plan page
Go to our Business Plan page to learn all the details and first steps involved in getting your plan up and running.

Secretary of State- Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commisions
The Bureau files all originating documents and amendments relating to corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships, and reviews proposed entity names. The Division maintains trade marks on file, and reviews the design and test of proposed marks against those on file.

Tools and Templates

Amortization Schedule
...a schedule depicting the gradual reduction of debt by means of equal periodic payments sufficient to meet current interest and liquidate the debt at maturity.

Cash Flow Statement
...a forecast that predicts the cash coming in and the cash going out of a business over future periods of time.

Balance Sheet itemized statement that lists the total assets and the total liabilities of a given business to portray its net worth at a given moment of time.

Profit/Lost Statement (P&L)
...also known as an income statement shows a business's revenue and expenses for a specific period of time. The difference between the total revenue and the total expenses is the business's net income, be it a profit or a loss.

Schedule of Liabilities
...depicts any loans, expenses, or any other form of claims on the assets of an entity that must be paid or otherwise honored by that entity.


  • Feasibility Study
  • Financing Your Startup Business
  • Starting Costs Calculator (testing)
  • The Business Entity
  • Training

  • Maine SBDC OnDemand Workshops (free)
  • Micro-Entrepreneurs Assessing your Idea
  • Starting your small business workshop
  • Blogs

  • Soul Shelter
  • Resource

  • Maine Veteran Business Initiative
  • Research

  • Competitor Analysis